UIW Community Newsletter - May 10, 2019


Thank you, Dr. Kathi Light!

Kathi Light Retirement Reception

On Tuesday, May 7, the UIW community gathered to honor and thank Dr. Kathi Light for her many years of service to the University. 

Former Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Kathi Light became provost on June 1, 2012. During her time at UIW, she has been the Moody Professor and a CCVI Spirit Award recipient. She was introduced into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008. Light graduated from Incarnate Word College in 1970, served in the Army Nurse Corp and was a nursing administrator at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. She earned a master’s degree from UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in parent-child health and returned to Incarnate Word as a member of the nursing faculty in 1981. She directed the RN-BSN program and helped develop the university wellness program. After receiving a doctorate in adult education from Texas A&M University, she directed and taught in the nursing program. In 1998, she became director of UIW’s nursing school and assumed the role of dean in 1999. 

Kathi Light Retirement Reception

Most importantly, through her commitment to service, Dr. Light has impacted the entire UIW family for the better. 

Dr. Light, we thank you for the lives you have touched and the legacy you leave behind. 

Kathi Light Retirement Reception

Pictured above, Administrative Assistant to the Provost, Itza Casanova, thanks Dr. Light on behalf of the Dean's administrative staff for her loving dedication to all UIW employees and staff. 


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Friday 
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at 
    (210) 829-3131 or

Baccalaureate Mass

The University of the Incarnate Word will hold its Spring Baccalaureate Mass at 4 p.m., Friday, May 10 in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. The history of the Baccalaureate ceremony is firmly entrenched in the medieval European custom of presenting graduating candidates for the degree of Bachelor (bacca) with laurels (lauri) or recognition of their achievement. It is traditionally a religious service of celebration and thanksgiving for the time the graduates (Bachelor and advanced degrees) have devoted to growing in wisdom at a place of education.

A reception will be held immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass in the Student Engagement Center hosted by the Provost's Office. A maximum of 7 guests per graduate is permitted. Thank you for your understanding & assistance with this matter.

Rain Plain: In the event that the Baccalaureate Mass rain plan must be implemented, communication via webpage and email will be sent to graduates. Confirmation of where graduates and faculty will meet for the procession (traditional procession from the AD building or the "rain plan" with graduates & faculty lining up under the bleachers near the Convocation Center) will be made to the Registrar, PR, UIW Police, and the Provost’s Office on Friday, May 10 between noon and 1 p.m. by University Mission and Ministry. A communication will then be sent to all graduates by the Registrar’s Office. Please stay tuned to email, the daily newsletter and social media for additional updates. For more information, please email  

For more information, contact the University Mission & Ministry office: (210) 829-3128 or Brenda Dimas:

UIW Baccalaureate Mass 


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

Dr. Christy A. MacKinnon (Professor of Biology, M, S & E) & family on the recent loss of her husband, Byron L. Armstrong.

Pedro Vigil & family on the recent loss of his wife, Anita Easton-Vigil (Former UIW Administrative Assistant, Dreeben School of Education).

Her family and the Sisters of Divine Providence on the recent loss of Sr. Lucille Ann Fritsch, CDP (MA ’94).

Ben Foster & family on the recent loss of his wife, Raye Boyer Foster (BA ’79).

Marion Dickson, Edward Klauer and Jennifer Retzloff & their families on the recent loss of their mother, Barbara Ann Cattan Klauer (IWHS ’52, BS ’56).

Damita Fedor (Former Executive Assistant to the President) & family on the recent loss of her father, Malcolm LeBaron McLeod.

Natalie Ayala (UIW Veterans Services Specialist) & family on the recent loss of her grandmother, Mary D. Molina.

CCVI Jubilee - Celebrating 150 Years

We invite you to celebrate 150 years of blessings at the following events:

  • May 21, 2019  
    7:00 pm — Eucharist at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, celebrating our founders, Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, and Sisters Madeleine Chollet and Pierre Cinquin.
  • November 1, 2019  
    8:30 am — Morning Prayer, Chapel of the Incarnate Word, followed by an unveiling of a “150” commemorative plaque in the Incarnate Word Cemetery, honoring our deceased Sisters. 
    6:00 pm — Eucharist in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word honoring our “great cloud of witnesses” (deceased Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word).
  • November 3, 2019  
    3:00 pm — Concert by “Chanticleer” all-male vocal ensemble — Chapel of the Incarnate Word.
  • November 23, 2019  
    3:00 pm — Celebrate the annual “Light the Way” with the University of the Incarnate Word.
  • December 3, 2019  
    6:00 pm — Eucharist celebrated with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, remembering the first Mass celebrated at Santa Rosa Infirmary on this day in 1869 — Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

Celebrate the CCVI Jubilee and support their ministries by purchasing their 2019 medal. Medals may be purchased all year at the CCVI International Support Office (The Generalate - 4503 Broadway) or in Sr. Kathleen Coughlin's (SEC 2053). 

CCVI Fiesta Medal



Commencement Schedule 

Please join us in celebrating our 2019 UIW graduates this weekend! See below for a full schedule of events:

  • Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, May 10, 4 p.m., UIW McDermott Center
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry and School of Physical Therapy Commencement Ceremony: Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., UIW McDermott Center
  • Feik School of Pharmacy and School of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m., UIW McDermott Center
  • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Degree Candidates Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 11, 6 p.m., Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum 

 UIW Commencement Schedule

Cardinals Club Takeoff 

Join UIW Athletics from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 for the 2019-20 Cardinals Club Takeoff at Benson Stadium! Enjoy food and drinks, games, music and more! Membership forms for the new season will be available for fans to sign up or renew.

Community News

Dr. Barbara Herlihy Retirement Reception

Barbara H Retirement Reception
On Wednesday, May 8, the UIW School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering hosted a farewell celebration for Dr. Barbara Herlihy. Thank you, Dr. Herlihy for your years of dedicated service to the University. 

Barbara H Retirement Reception

Dr. Mary Hoke Retirement Reception

On Thursday, May 9, the School Nursing and Health Professions hosted a celebration of Dr. Mary Hoke and her time as the school’s Dean. Thank you for being part of our family, Dr. Hoke!

Mary Hoke Retirement

2019 Dreeben School of Education Honors Convocation 

The Dreeben School of Education recognized students who have displayed academic excellence at the 2019 Honors Convocation. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at the Luella Bennack Music Center Concert Hall. 

Dreeben Honors Convocation

2019 History Honors Convocation

On Thursday, April 25, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences recognized outstanding History students at the 2019 History Honors Convocation. 

History Honors Convocation 

New Employee Luncheon

Human Resources hosted the quarterly New Employee Mixer/Luncheon on April 25, where new employees had an opportunity to meet fellow co-workers, increase their knowledge of the University, received a welcome from Dr. Evans, and enjoyed lunch with the Provost and Vice Presidents of the University. Welcome new Cardinals!

UIW New Employee Luncheon

The Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show

UIW Fashion students put a bow on San Antonio’s Fiesta at the 2019 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show on Monday, April 29 at the McNay Art Museum. 

The mesmerizing event has become a Fiesta favorite. Fashion design students developed their collections over months and with insights provided by faculty and industry professionals. The production teams managed every aspect of the evening’s offerings from the model lineup to the music to the show’s photography. It all requires months of hard work and years of preparation and education. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit scholarships for future fashion students.

UIW Cutting Edge

UIW Spanish Día de los Muertos Project

Last week, School of Professional Studies Instructor, Georgina Cervantes and UIW's Spanish 1312 class visited the Alamo Heights Center to display their Día de los Muertos project. 

UIW spanish class

2019 Theatre Arts Honors Convocation

The 2019 Theatre Arts Honors Convocation was held on Friday, May 3. Below are the students who were honored for their contributions to the department:

Megan McHugh, Germain Corbin Award; Brandon Bulls, Maureen Halligan Award; Dr. Kevin Vichcales; Adrian Hernandez, Maureen Halligan Award; Kaitlyn Clayton, George Burnette Award.

2019 Theatre Honors Convocation

Welcome, New Employees!

The Office of Human Resources welcomes these new Cardinals to our nest! 

From left to right (front): Tanya Ray, 1st Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach; Ana Gonzalez, Data Processor- Office of Admissions; Mia Vento, Administrative Assistant- Hogg Grant- SOM; Amber Cunningham, 2nd Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

From left to right (back): Beverly Holmes, 3rd Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

April New Employees

UIW Community Comes Together for Catholic Charities

Sr. Walter Maher, V.P., University Mission and Ministry, wishes to thank the community for responding to the call and for the generous support and donations for Catholic Charities. Donations of clothing, monies, blankets, toys and food were collected and loaded onto trucks at UIW by students and staff from the University Mission and Ministry office and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership for transport to Catholic Charities last month.    

(Photographed) Karissa V. Ramos, Camille R. Piper,  Selena Casanova, and Teofolio Reyes Jr. were among the volunteers that assisted with the coordination of vehicles, loading and unloading and transporting of these donations.

UIW donates to Catholic Charities


The 42nd Annual Swing-In Auction Party and Golf Tournament is an annual event of the University of the Incarnate Word Development Board that raises funds for much needed scholarships. This year's Swing-In was held on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3. UIW Development thanks you for your generosity and support! All proceeds raised from the auction directly benefit the university’s scholarship fund to ensure the continuation of higher education for students at the University of the Incarnate Word.  


Dr. Evans gets new look at Bowden

UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans, took a trip to the UIW Bowden Eye Care and Health Center to get fitted for a new pair of sunglasses! Located on the east side of San Antonio, the UIW Bowden Eye Care and Health Center is a multidisciplinary teaching environment equipped to provide comprehensive health care to underserved populations of our community. 

Evans Bowden

Department News

Year End Memo

Please view the document to see the year end memo regarding procedures for closing out FY 18-19.

The New is Live

We are pleased to announce that the new is now live. The new website features an updated look and feel and was rolled out over the week of Spring Break. The first phase of the roll out included the Health Professions schools sites followed by the main site. Over the course of the rest of the year, the remainder of the academic schools will be refreshed. Thanks to our partners at Elliance for their branding vision and to our internal team, who have worked to implement the vision of One Word on our websites.

If you have questions about where to find essential information, please read through the FAQs here.

In addition, a video tutorial offers tips and information about navigating the new site and where to find important links.

Watch the video

Our internal group will be working diligently to make sure that all pages are accurate, presentable and functioning with the new look and feel. Please feel free to email with your feedback.

UIW Friday Community Newsletter

As we continue the transition to the new, please note that all submissions for consideration in the Friday newsletter must be submitted no later than Thursday at noon. All photo submissions must be landscape mode (horizontal). Please contact with any questions. 

Athletic News 

Martinez poses for photo

UIW women's track wins runner-up and holds trophy

UIW softball player throws pitch


May Campus Dining Hours 

Campus Dining Hours May 13 – May 31, 2019

  • Campus Dining (SEC) - Lunch Only: 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Coffee Shop (SEC) - 
    • Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Hortencia’s - Will be CLOSED
  • Finnegan’s - Will be CLOSED
  • Luciano’s - Will be CLOSED